Mourinho's men goal-happy in time for Milan visit

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Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid are hitting their stride just in time for the first big test of the season, when Milan visit tonight.

The Portuguese coach was brought to Spain from Internazionale after winning the European Cup last May, with success in Europe's elite club competition top of his list of priorities. Unbeaten so far this season, Real have two wins from two to top Group G and can all but seal a place in the last 16 with a victory over Milan.

In La Liga, their 4-1 beating of Malaga on Saturday left them top having scored more goals (16) and conceded fewer (three) than any other side. "I am happy with the evolution and with the qualities the team are showing," said Mourinho.

"We defend quite well, we are compact, we have good ball possession. We probably have percentages of ball possession that my teams have never had before and we score goals."

Milan have a win and a draw from their first two group games and travel to Madrid after a 3-1 win at home to Chievo that left them vying for the top spot in Serie A with Inter and Lazio.

They have injury doubts over centre back Thiago Silva after the Brazilian suffered an ankle injury on Saturday. Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati also suffered a knock in the game but is expected to be fit while captain Massimo Ambrosini is still out.

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